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Remarkable history of Norwich Cathedral will be shared with visitors at Bank Holiday celebration

PUBLISHED: 08:22 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 26 May 2017

Norwich Cathedral.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Cathedral. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

With more than 900 years behind it, there's certainly no shortage of material for a book detailing the history of Norwich Cathedral.

A new book The Story of Norwich Cathedral has just been published, which sheds light on what has happened in the centuries since Herbert de Losinga founded the cathedral in 1096.

And on Bank Holiday Monday, the cathedral will celebrate by inviting people keen to discover more about the remarkable story behind the Norman building.

Arguably the city’s most recognised landmark, with its 315ft spire, the cathedral has been through a lot since it was completed in 1145.

There have been fires, riots, revolts and war damage over the years.

But there has also been restoration and rebuilding, including most recently, the refectory and hostry.

Activities on offer on Monday include games in the cloisters, storytelling by costumed characters and even special tours for families led by the Dean of Norwich’s pet dog Lily.

There will also be half an hour taster tours of the cathedral, where some of the remarkable architecture will be highlighted.

They will start at 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm.

Children will get the chance to dress up as a monk, to make a pilgrim’s badge and to play games of Nine Men’s Morris - a centuries old strategy game.

The cathedral’s historic library will also be open, with people able to see books relating to some of the characters involved with the cathedral over the centuries, such as Dean Prideaux and Dean Goulburn.

There will also be a number of timed events taking place.

At 11am there will be an organ recital in the cathedral nave, while cathedral characters of the past will be in the cloisters at 11.30am.

And people will be able to join a grand procession into the cathedral, departing from the cloisters, at midday.

A cabbage skittle challenge is promised in the cloister garth - the open court in the centre of the cloisters at 2pm.

The labyrinth in that space will be the setting for a circle dance, led by dance instructor Lorraine Theobald at 3pm.

The Story of Norwich Cathedral Open Day will run from 11am until 3.30pm on Monday. Visitors should enter via The Hostry.

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